Verizon CEO: There’s ‘Pent-Up Demand’ for VR

By Jeff Berman There’s “pent-up demand” around virtual reality (VR), Verizon Communications CEO Lowell McAdam said during a May 24 keynote presentation at the J.P. Morgan Global Technology, Media and Telecom Conference in Boston. But he predicted it “may be five years ... More

Comcast CFO: Strong Film Franchises, Olympics, X1 Key Company Drivers

By Jeff Berman Strong film franchises, NBC Universal’s broadcasting of the upcoming Summer Olympics, and continued strength of Comcast Cable’s X1 interactive TV platform are among the key reasons why Comcast is optimistic about its future results, according to Comcast CFO ... More

The Cloud and Data Round Out HITS Conference Sessions

Attendees at the May 25 "Holly-wired: Where IT and Entertainment Meet" event in Los Angeles will have four different innovation and technology showcase tracks to choose from at the end of the day. Darren Ehlers, VP of product management, marketing and sales for Entertainment P... More

VR Expected to Have a Strong Presence at E3

Virtual reality (VR) is expected to be among the main stories on both the hardware and software fronts at the annual Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) June 14-16 in Los Angeles, video game industry analysts said May 23. But interest in the technology still isn’t expected to tr... More

Study: IoT Threats to See Cyber Security Funding Jump

By Chris Tribbey The rise of the Internet of Things (IoT) will also resulting in the rise of cyber threats, and that means more venture funding in the world of cyber security, according to a new report. Boston-based Lux Research estimates that venture capital investment in ... More

HITS Conference Breakout Sessions Highlight Monetization, Metadata and Operation Efficiencies

When the main stage closes at the May 25 "Holly-wired: Where IT and Entertainment Meet" event in Los Angeles, attendees will have four different innovation and technology showcase tracks to choose from. For “Holly-wired” attendees looking for workflow presentations, the tr... More

CBS CEO: Network TV’s ‘Never Been Stronger’

The supposed death of broadcast TV was premature and network TV has “never been stronger,” CBS CEO Les Moonves told the Needham Emerging Technology Conference in New York on May 19. That “great, shiny new object of digital has not proven to be the great advertising boon... More

Digimarc CEO Eyes Huge ‘Addressable Market’

There is a huge “addressable market” for the Digimarc Discover platform, company CEO Bruce Davis told the Needham Emerging Technology Conference in New York May 19. He pointed to a recent GS1 estimate that there are 600 million to 800 million global trade identification numbe... More

Fox Futurist to Take HITS Attendees on VR/AR Journey

The worlds of virtual reality and augmented reality are meant to be light-hearted and fun. So that’s the tactic Ted Schilowitz, futurist for 20th Century Fox, will be taking with his presentation May 25 at the 25 "Holly-wired: Where IT and Entertainment Meet" event in Los Angel... More

CEO: Comcast Still Searching for Profitable OTT Option

The impact of over-the-top (OTT) services, including the “skinny” bundles offered by a growing number of companies, was among the main subjects discussed by media executives at the MoffettNathanson Media & Communications Summit in New York May 18-19. “We haven’t seen a... More

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